Liverpool. Always a very busy port, often the dark days of World War II. But a big decline in the number of dockers required, containerization had come in. This practically wiped the hand loading of ships out. So like the vanishing of the sailing ships, the use of the pre-loaded containers cut down the physical hand loading of the docker. With the use of cranes, the loading by winches and men (dockers) were literally wiped out. The docks and the dock road were once alive in my early days as the horses and carts queued up for miles loaded with goods. The pubs and eating houses were doing a busy trade and the sounds of ships whistles and fog horns could be heard day and night. But not anymore, progress, as they call it, moves on. John Lewis Brotheridge.




This story was added on 21st September 2010

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